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February 9, 2023

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Celebrating the life of Uncle Gordon Johnson 31/8/1950  – 26/1/2023

Pastor Uncle Gordon Johnson died peacefully on January 26. A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, 11 February at the Mullumbimby Showground.

Other News

One driver dead, second driver critical after head-on crash south of Murwillumbah

A woman has died, and a second woman remains in hospital after a two-car collision south of Murwillumbah on Monday.

Byron Bay wins national boardriders grand final

Byron Bay Boardriders have pulled off a massive upset beating powerhouse clubs to take out the Australian Boardriders grand...

Mullumbimby rail corridor deals behind closed doors

With no consultation with either the Mullum Chamber of Commerce, the town’s residents association or the community at large, Byron Council and the NSW Liberal-Nationals have announced a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to develop the town’s disused railway land.

Temporary pods

The very long wait for temporary pods to house those affected by the unprecedented floods has finally been all...

Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

Flow Music presents: Byron Bay

The theatre will be transformed into a festival wonderland, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm, including body and face painting by donation, incredible dancers from Epic Creations, lighting by Tone from Crystal Grid and decor by Bare Foot Beat. 


Arts in focus: Cloud Forest

With just four weeks to go until the opening night of Shearwater’s 2016 Wearable Arts Performance Event, ‘Cloud Forest’, the Mullumbimby Steiner school is buzzing like a jacaranda full of bees.

Wearable Arts is a major event in the high school’s performing arts calendar, showcasing costumes created by Shearwater students, staff and the wider community.

According to head of school Greg Parkes, the learning program throughout the secondary years allows students to acquire the multiple skills necessary to produce the show. 'Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, resilience, ingenuity… all these are evident as students from Years 7 to 11 choreograph the sections, construct sets, props and costumes, evolve and refine their designs and arrive at sophisticated solutions to some very tricky technical problems.'

According to Wearable Arts coordinator Josh Rushton, 'the show is deeply enmeshed in the whole substance of what we do here at Shearwater'.

'The story is drawn from the life of teaching and learning and is deeply concerned with the passage of students from adolescence to adulthood. The students’ engagement in the experience teaches them logic, consequences and cause and effect; encourages and fosters heartfelt idealism, and cultivates will, so they can go into the world as responsible, confident and
capable adults.'

‘Cloud Forest’ runs from Wednesday November 2 till Saturday November 5. Tickets on sale now  shearwaterperformingarts.com. Enquiries 6684 3223.

Photos: Cloud9 ImageArt

Byron School of Art

There are plenty of workshops and short courses on offer at Byron School of Art over the next coming months with Kellie O’Dempsey’s Expanded Drawing proving to be a popular addition to the Weekend Workshop program.

BSA has two silkscreens to give away to the first two people who sign up to Anne Leon’s Screenprinting Workshop! A great opportunity to set yourself up for working at home. You have until 21 October to apply for our 2017 year-long courses.

Don’t forget to drop into the BSA Project Space, with solo and group shows opening on most Friday nights until the end of the year. It’s a great way to see the diverse work of local artists including our current long-course students.


Tweed Regional Gallery and MOAC

Resolution: contemporary Indigenous photomedia

A National Gallery of Australia exhibition.

Until Sunday 4 December 2016

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) exhibition Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia showcases work produced by contemporary Indigenous artists working with photography and new media. Drawing on works from the NGA collection, this exhibition features new work by leading and emerging Indigenous makers: Michael Aird, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Ali G Baker, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Brenda L Croft, Nici Cumpston, Robert Fielding, Nicole Foreshew, Ricky Maynard, Danie Mellor, Steaphan Paton, Damien Shen, Darren Siwes, Christian Thompson, Warwick Thornton, James Tylor and Jason Wing.

Opening Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 10am–5pm
Free admission

2 Mistral Road (Cnr Tweed Valley Way),
Murwillumbah South, NSW

Lismore Regional Gallery

Extraordinary images by one of Europe’s best architectural photographers, Lucien Hervé: When do we cast off for happiness? showing at Lismore Regional Gallery. Hervé combines an architect’s eye with uncluttered abstracted compositions.

From the collection of local curator Pierre Chevalier, the exhibition features Hervé’s photos of three major creatives of the 20th century: Le Corbusier, father of modern architecture; Niemeyer, sculptor of monuments; and Matisse working on his masterpiece, the Chapelle de Vence.

Wanting more? A documentary on Hervé screens daily, and the curator’s talk is 11am Thursday 20 October.


Heath Franco, HOME TOWN Sunrise, 2016, digital image, inkjet print on cotton rag, 27 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Heath Franco, HOME TOWN Sunrise, 2016, digital image, inkjet print on cotton rag, 27 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Left: Kathryn Dolby, Two, Acrylic on board, 2016
Left: Kathryn Dolby, Two, Acrylic on board, 2016

NRCG  Exhibition All New Home

Guest curators Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison take over Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) this October to present All New Home – an exhibition exploring the idea of ‘home’ through the eyes of four artists working across different media.

Award-winning video and performance artist Heath Franco joins local emerging artists Kathryn Dolby (painting), Gregory Furney (ceramics) and Natalie Grono (photography).

Helicopters, dogs and the police four day cannabis raid

While we get the hemp industry going on the Northern Rivers and the plant is legal in many countries across the world the police have once again headed out with their choppers and dogs to curb the cannabis cultivation that the region is known for. 

$945 or $45,500 – what is the value of a tree In Kingscliff? 

Dr Firth questions arborists' valuation of a paperbark tree to be removed for Kingscliff development and says the council needs to 'establish a reasonable standard of tree valuation'. 

Remembering the latest victim of domestic violence, killed by a man on bail

I granted bail to men who then killed. I refused bail to several who did not last 24 hours behind bars – shot, stabbed, hanged or drowned in their own vomit.

Bruns fig tree slated for the chop gets reprieve

A much-loved fig tree next to the Brunswick Heads boat harbour has been saved from destruction – for now – by the quick thinking of a local activist.